Gameday: Warriors at Clippers - 4/29/14
(LAC Leads Series 3-2)
The Warriors played from behind for nearly the entire game and could not make enough plays down the stretch in Tuesday’s 113-103 road loss to the Clippers. Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for seven 3-pointers, but Stephen Curry was held to just 10 shot attempts and the Warriors fell behind 3-2 in the series. Thompson led the Warriors with 21 points and David Lee and Andre Iguodala each added 18 points, while Curry put in 17 in the Game 5 defeat. Once again, a slow start, foul trouble and turnovers proved costly for the Warriors, who trailed by 10 at the end of the first quarter. The Clippers out-scored the Warriors by 18 on free throws and turned 13 Golden State turnovers into 22 points. The Warriors now face a win-or-go-home scenario as the series moves back north to #WarriorsGround for Game 6 on Thursday. Game 6 Tickets
On DeAndre Jordan:
“Give [DeAndre Jordan] credit, he had a great game. We let go of the rope a little bit. We had a couple of mistakes game-plan-discipline wise. He hurt us at the rim; he hurt us on second-shot opportunities. [He] had a big night. Some of it had to do with him and some of it had to do with our breakdowns.”
On Stephen Curry's Struggles:
“knows that he's got to be better. Tonight he turned the ball over obviously a little too much. They did a good job being active in their pick-and-roll defense. The other night he executed; he was aggressive. Tonight at times he tried to thread the needle a bit too much. We'll make the adjustments and move forward, but I feel good about Steph[en] Curry and what he's going to do.”
On the positives from the loss:
“When I look at the positives, I look at the things that we did wrong, that if we take care of, we'll be in great position moving forward. We've got to take care of basketball. The breakdowns. Down five at halftime, we missed six free throws and we probably gave away 10 points in the first half on our game-plan discipline breakdowns. So I liked where we were at. You think about Steph[en] Curry making a three, we go up one, 70-69, Chris Paul makes a huge shot on the way down and they score again and they don't look back. It's just the mistakes that we made. So the positives I look at is that if we tighten up the mistakes that we made, we're like the Clippers – we are one. One game away, one win away from forcing Game 7.”
On the defensive strategy against DeAndre Jordan:
“Just five guys playing better defense on possessions, putting a body on him, and making sure he doesn't get those garbage points. Putting put-backs and alley-oops at the rim, he's a difference maker if he's allowed to do that.”
On responding to Clippers' focus on him:
“We scored 103 points. That's plenty to win. We'll be fine, and that means that other guys are open and able to make plays. They've got to pick their poison. I'd like to get more shots, but if other guys are open and able to make plays, then I'm doing my job and they're going to do their job too.”
On the first quarter struggles:
“We had some early fouls. Draymond [Green] got a couple then I followed suit. I think that slowed us down a little bit, but we've got to come out and play better. DeAndre [Jordan] got a few easy ones to start the game, Blake [Griffin] drew a couple of fouls, and they took a couple of our turnovers and got easy buckets. That's what fuels them, especially in this building.”
On Thursday's Game 6:
“We plan on going home and taking care of business. We know it's going to be another competitive game but we're excited to get back to Oracle and get a victory.”
On the emotions of tonight's game:
“I think it's been emotional for the entire NBA, not just the Clippers. At the end of the day, it puts questions in everybody and affects everyone. I think it's been emotional for everybody, but I think we've got a chance to put it behind us and focus on basketball. I think that will be good for the entire league.”
On Commissioner Adam Silver's ruling on Donald Sterling:
“I heard about the plan and I'm sure people would have stuck to it if everything didn't go well, but I think Commissioner Silver made a huge stand, and it was what everyone wanted. So once he made the stand, it didn't really matter at that point.”
TWO OUT OF THREE
Tied up at two games apiece, the Warriors and Clippers each have the same goal in mind: win two out of the next three games. Whoever accomplishes that feat will move on to the Western Conference semifinals, but the immediate focus is on Game 5 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The Warriors will be looking to do what they did in Game 1 and steal a game on the road, while the Clippers will try to regroup after Sunday’s defeat in the wake of their owner’s alleged comments. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and fans will be able to watch it on CSN Bay Area and TNT, or listen on the radio on KNBR 1050.
LAST TIME OUT
TStephen Curry set the tone early and the Warriors maintained a double-digit lead for the vast majority of the game, winning Game 4 118-97 in front of a raucous crowd at Oracle Arena on Sunday. Stephen Curry made five 3-pointers in the first quarter and Andre Iguodala had 16 of his 22 points in the second half. Curry finished with 33 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and Klay Thompson, David Lee and Harrison Barnes each added 15 points. The Warriors shot 55.4 percent for the game and made 15 3-pointers (10 by the Splash Brothers) and out-rebounded the Clippers 34-32. The Dubs also turned 19 Clippers turnovers into 26 points and out-scored Los Angeles in the paint 40-28 and 27-8 on the fast break. GAME RECAP
DOING IT WITH DEFENSE
After yielding 138 points in Game 2, the Warriors have picked up their play on defense, yielding less than 100 points to the regular season’s most efficient offense in Games 3 and 4. The Warriors have held the Clippers to 44.8 percent shooting over the last two games, and while some of that can be attributed to the Dubs being energized by their home crowd or the Clippers being distracted by issues relating to their owner, Golden State’s defense has to get at least some of the credit for that. Part of the Warriors’ improved defense has to do with the team not fouling as much as they did in the first two games of the series. The Clippers attempted 35 free throws in Games 1 and 2 in Los Angeles to just 47 free throws combined in two games in Oakland. If the Warriors can duplicate their defensive effort in Game 5 and continue to own the boards – the Dubs have out-rebounded the Clippers in each of the four games – then they could have a solid chance to come back home with a chance to close out the series.
ANDRE THE GIANT
While Stephen Curry put on a show from the perimeter and Klay Thompson brought the house down with his impressive dunk, perhaps the best sign of success from Game 4 came from the play of Andre Iguodala. The swingman was active on defense, got out in transition and was involved in nearly every important play for the Warriors in the second half. Iguodala played his best game of the playoffs with 22 points and nine assists, and the Warriors will certainly welcome more production of that type in the final two to three games of this series. The Dubs can’t advance to the next round of the playoffs unless they win at least one more game in Los Angeles, and Iguodala’s veteran leadership can certainly help the Warriors get one step closer to achieving that.
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
No matter what the players say, the alleged racial comments from Clippers owner Donald Sterling are certainly a distraction. And how the Clippers react to that distraction could very well have an outcome on this series. Does this adversity bring them together? Does it drain them emotionally in an already emotionally-charged series? The NBA Playoffs on their own are played on a grand scale, and now with this controversy, the microscope effect is in place for the Clippers. With this being the first game in Los Angeles since those comments were made public over the weekend, there is certainly an unknown factor heading into Game 5. Protests, less fans in the seats, whatever it is that ends up happening, each team will do their best to focus on what happens on the court, and whoever does a better job of that might just have the advantage in Game 5.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (rib fracture) and Nemanja Nedovic (strained right calf) are out indefinitely and Festus Ezeli
(recovery from right knee surgery) is out.
(recovery from right knee surgery) is out.